22 June 2012

Ghana: Jerry Descends On Mosquito

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has descended heavily on the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Aseidu Nketia, known in political circles as General Mosquito, for attempting to 'denigrate' the founder of the party and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.

The former President, credited with founding the party which employs Mr. Asiedu Nketia as party scribe, has warned that he would not sit unconcerned while General Mosquito continued to spread falsehood about the former First Family, threatening to respond swiftly and in like manner, henceforth.

At a press conference at the residence of the former President, Spokesperson Kofi Adams stated unequivocally that the actions and inactions of Mr. Aseidu Nketia were largely to blame for the dwindling fortunes of the party, ahead of the 2012 general elections.

"If the General Secretary feels that the chances of the party in the coming elections are dwindling, then it is because of his actions, inactions, and utterances as a General Secretary."

Mr. Adams specifically, placed a finger on Mr. Aseidu Nketia's infamous block supply business to the Bui Dam project, where he serves as Board Member of Bui Authority

The party scribe has himself admitted selling blocks to contractors of the project, but vehemently rejected a conflict of interest in his action.

Responding to recent statements by Mr. Aseidu Nketia, which traced the woes of the party to what he described as the party's machinations, Mr. Adams said it was a total falsehood, with the sole aim of denigrating the former President and his wife.

Mr. Aseidu Nketia has been in the news lately, with what the general population of this country interprets as an attack on the personality of former President Rawlings and his wife.

At a home-coming ceremony for the break-away Democratic Freedom Party, led by Dr. Obed Asamoah, Gen. Mosquito assured all prodigal sons of the party that the "barking dog" that chased them away from the party had been tamed, and so they had nothing to fear when they come back.

"Now that the barking dog, whose actions forced you out of the NDC, no longer exists, I would have been surprised if you had continued to stay outside..." Asiedu Nketia was quoted to have said at the welcoming party.

Addressing party faithful at Wa, in the Upper West Region, last Sunday, the General Secretary called for positive defiance against Mr. Rawlings, charging the party members to ignore statements from Mr. Rawlings.

According to Mr. Asiedu Nketia, former President Rawlings' recent statements, especially, when he said the NDC was already in the ditch, had the tendency of sending the party back to opposition.

Yesterday, Mr. Kofi Adams, who is serving a suspension from his position as Deputy General Secretary of the ruling party, said all what Mr. Rawlings had been calling for, was a return to the values and principles upon which the party was built.

"What is to be defied? Is it the principle and values that Rawlings called for?" Mr. Adams queried. According to Mr. Adams, the current leadership of the party could no longer stand up to the probity, accountability and social justice test, because of their crave for selfish gains.

He said the NDC had all along derived its strength from its longstanding values and principles, and thus, doing away with them, was like sounding the bell for the early death of the party.

Mr. Adams referred to the almost quite note on which the NDC marked its 20th Anniversary as an indication of how weak the spirit of the NDC party had become. He told the media that he NDC had not been able to hold any rally at Techiman, because the people in the area had resolved that there would be no rally without Rawlings.

He ended by calling on the executives of the party to call the General Secretary to order, and to concentrate in putting together a unified house, than the constant attacks on former President Rawlings.

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